Northern Uganda has suffered through 25 years of war due to the insurgency of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. The unrest has destabilized the region for decades prohibiting it from developing an infrastructure to support its people. As a result of this war, and the ongoing epidemic of AIDS and malaria, there is estimated to be over 3 million orphans in Uganda . Project Hope Worldwide’s work in this region has involved establishing an orphanage, schools, a medical clinic, vocational training programs, and local churches to support the people.
As recently as 2009, Juarez has been known as the most violent city in the world that was not a war zone. This has been largely due to the ongoing drug wars between competing cartels. Juarez is located just across the border from El Paso on the Rio Grande. In an area 20 km outside Juarez, Project Hope Worldwide has established a program for orphans amongst the poor and displaced people living in what is called “Colonia’s.” This program insures that children have access to a safe home, food/clothes, education, medical care and spiritual/ character mentorship.
Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua. The country is considered the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere. 80% of its people live on less than $2 a day and the infant mortality rate is 25%. Years of war between the Sandanistas and the Contras combined with failed government policies have severely hindered their economic development. Project Hope Worldwide is holistically caring for orphans, partnering with schools, supplementing medical care, and providing spiritual and character mentorship, in one of the poorest areas of Leon.
In the United States alone, there are at least 25 million children growing up without a father in their home. Although this void will not be able to be filled as designed, we know that God has a passion for the plight of the fatherless and works through those who are willing to intercede. Revision seeks to raise up mentors who will become advocates for these children and the struggles they will face. Our initiative, ReVision, is aimed at bringing affirmation, support and vision into the lives of the fatherless children in every community in the United States. We accomplish this by establishing faith-based community mentoring programs that support one another as they reach out into their neighborhoods and engage the fatherless children in one-on-one relationships. Youth from Fatherless homes account for: 63% of youth suicides, 71% of pregnant teenagers, 90% of all homeless runaway children, 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions, 85% of all youth in prison, 71% of high school dropouts, 75% of teenagers in drug abuse centers.